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Selected images from Carl Spencers Britannic 2003 expedition taken on 35mm transparency film by Leigh Bishop. Please note mage resolution has been lost within my home scan process whilst the original copies remain of excellent quality. © Leigh Bishop 2003 contact Leigh Here

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Center & port prop Center prop stern Davit Stern Poopdeck

Above; During the photography of this project I was concerned as to whether
I would be able to shoot a section of wreck that would give some kind
of perspective of her sheer size
. I was able to convey this by
setting up a tripod and shooting long time exposures on Black & white film.
Here I have the tripod erected on Britannic's rudder and have captured
my team member Rich Stevenson for scale over a 17 second time exposure.


Stern Davit Entire Stern Section

Above; Two davit shots above both showing the port stern lifeboat davit and a frame of the port side
stern poop deck area close to 3rd class smoking room. The tripod here has been set up on a
stern deck capstan whilst the final image is an attempt to capture the entire stern from the
seabed with a 2.8fd 16mm Nikkor lens. The long time exposure required to create this type of
image has left the exposure with a multitude of fish blurs.

D Deck D Deck F Deck

F Deck Above Left; Spiral staircase located inside the bow, this angle was taken on D deck where the rooms to the right of the image lead directly to the fireman's mess.
Above center; Looking down the he spiral staircase located inside the bow, this angle was also taken on D deck
where the rooms to the right of the image lead directly to the fireman's mess.
Above Right; I was able to follow this staircase down through the different deck levels via the void of No1 cargo loading hatch and shoot film on each level almost running down to lower deck G. This image was shot on F deck landing.
Left; This image was also taken from F deck but looks toward a second staircase that runs parallel to the one photographed above. Note this interesting series of pipe work runs between each staircase and through each level in which this staircase set was photographed.
 
bow jib & tackle bow section Britannic port anchor
foredeck foredeck bow into seabed No 2 cargo loading hatch winch

Above; Six images showing the bow section of Britannic
Top row left; Jib Block & tackle from the spare bow anchor
Top center;
The tripod here has been erected on the sand seabed at 400ft depth
to capture the very bow tip of Britannic. The crane jib is clear as are sections of safety
rail to the right of the image as well as center which concludes the very bow tip safety rail.
Top Right; Port anchor with the bow buried into the seabed
Bottom Left; The camera angle has exposed anther long time exposure across the very bow foredeck
rivets and mooring bollards are clear and the spare anchor jib as seen in the image above
can be seen to the far right of the image. The seabed is to the bottom right corner.
Bottom center; The foredeck as she is into the seabed
Bottom right; A winch mechanism behind No2 loading hatch
Bridge Telegraph Bridge Window Bridge Helm
Bridge Castle Bridge castle Bridge scuttle window

Bridge telegraph Bridge telegraphs Bridge telemotor

Above; A series of images taken around the bridge area of Britannic
Top row left,
The four 21 inch diameter telegraphs still remain attached to the
now open bridge deck and holding tight simply by their tiny brass
chain links. These pictured are the upper port pair. As can be seen
by the image the bridge is now exposed.
Top Center;
Again still within the open bridge deck a window has fallen free
from above although remains intact with sections of teak
that once made up the bridge superstructure.
Top Right; Britannic bridge hel steering position today with its wheel long since
rotted away, here the spoke hub remains on the pedestal.
Middle Left;
To capture yet another time lapse image I have erected the tripod almost onto of the port
foredeck crane platform. In doing so an angle of the port bridge wing can be seen. Britannic's
bridge remains in shape and appears not to have collapsed since my visit in 1998.
Middle Center; The lower bridge section where the castle meets the foredeck this image
looking up as I swim from the starboard seabed.

Middle Right; A single square scuttle window that remains in the bridge structure
almost at foredeck level. the image is orientated to its left.
Bottom Left; Another of the bridge telegraphs.
Bottom Center; Britannic's starboard main bridge telegraphs, these are the lower pair
that remain closer to seabed level
Bottom right; The main bridge telemotor that sits at the back of the open bridge
today covered in a light layer of muss le growth.

 
Port navigation lamp Port bridge wing Port bridge wing Port Bridge Wing

Above Left;The port navigation lamp attached to the bridge docking wing, this is the
shallowest point of the wreck at 280ft depth.
Above left of center; The port bridge docking wing looking up from approx 370ft depth
Above right of center; Another view of the port wing with the diver at the far top of
the image inside the docking point itself.
Above Right; An image taken inside the port bridge wing.

bath located aft of bridge Btah located aft of bridge Bath located aft of port bridge

Above Left; Bath located in the port officers accommodation aft of the bridge
Above center; Diver Richard Stevenson puts scale to the image of the same bath.
Above right; Bath is recognized as that perhaps of Captain Bartlett. The tub remains fixed
in position directly behind the port bridge wing on the port side of the officers accommodation.
The partition walls within this room have now collapsed away.
Note four taps 2x fresh water 2x salt water.
Officers accommadation block Top port side of the forward section of the wreck Officer accomadation Officers accomadation

Above left to right; Aft of the port bridge wing and windows of the officers accommodation here
a selection of different images from monochrome plates to colour.As the wreck lies over to
starboard the marine growth has today built up against the windows and doorways as can be
seen. A deck lamp can just be made out to the lower center of the image.

Britannic Sonar Team Britannic composite sonar by Bill Smith Britannic Bow sonar

Above; left - right The Britannic sonar team led by Billy Smith used the very latest in computer sonar
search techniques to survey the entire Kea channel of areas of importance. Smiths results led to
previously unanswered questioned surrounding Britannic's sinking.


Team decompression Italian divers decompressing Lori Johnston
Camera man Mike Pitts Mid day Greek water decompression

Above; Selected images from the divers decompression phase. In water schedules
ran up to 6.5 hours.
Above top left; The team in the final phase of a long decompression
against the Mediterranean sun
Top Center; Italian divers Eduardo Pavia & Antonello Paone relax in Greek waters.
Top Right; Canadian micro biologist Lori Johnston takes time out from her
scientific work on the project to work communication systems with the divers.

Above Left; Shooting us shooting him / cameraman Mike Pitts worked surface
cameras for the National Geographic documentary team that followed
the divers day to day exploration. Here Mike takes time out to capture some jellyfish shots.

Above right; Midday decompression example in monochrome. The divers on this
expedition ran in water times of up to 6 hours for 48 minutes on the wreck using
rebreather technology.



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